Anyone got a recommendation for a good reasonably priced dual action car polisher?
Don't know about dual action, BUT Aldi or Lidl have a variable speed car polisher in at the moment,
Thanks. Got a rotary been advised that a dual action is more gentle and better for old celly paint so looking at getting one.
I kind of thought most would be da?
My brother gave me a cheap Halfords one onece (that broke quite quickly) - even that was da.
No don't thinks so, think most are rotary but certainly could be wrong.
The Kestral DAS6 was always considered the go-to beginners DA polisher on he detailing forums, costs around 100 quid depending which accessories you get with it. I believe you could sit on it while its spinning and the paint still wouldn't burn through.
There was a challenge extreme from argos which was well reviewed. The replacement seems to be the guild https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8647300 See https://www.detailingworld.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?t=412218
The essential thing seems to be to changing the backing pad and buy decent pads and polishes.
@Burdekin I have a Meguiars one, not the cheapest but have never been able to fault it.
If you don't mind. What are the backing pads to change to?
Thinking of getting one to gain a few brownie points by polishing the missus car.
PM tonight, after 19:00.
I may have a spare, I will get images
I went for a https://www.amazon.co.uk/100371-Polishing-Machine-Motorbike-Polisher/dp/B01J6J24X6, it has done a few cars and bikes now, works a treat:
I should have taken before photo's, the Alfa was dull and grotty, the petrol tank petrol stained and marked.
That's good to know, same as the Argos one.
I have the Argos Challenge one and have found it great value for money. I had a cheap rotary polisher but it was useless tbh. The only downside of the Argos one is the shortish lead and I think it is probably a bit noisier than the expensive brands. You don't get any pads with it - just a cheap foam one. I got some Lake Country ones from a shop that has sadly now shut, but they are usually around £4 - 6 each online.
Autofinesse have pads for £3.50 online, but not sure how they compare to the bigger name brands.
The Detailing World web site has a lot of good info on using da polishers, best pads, polish etc.
I don't have any pics, but using a clay mitt, and Meguiers Ultimate Compound with a da polisher, then Black Hole Glaze with the da, brought back the black paint on my Saab resto fantastically. It was rough and dull to start with but like glass by the time I'd finished.
Kestrel das6 is a good choice.
And start with the least abrasive compound, then work up being careful [less enthusiastic ] on panel edges where the paint tends to be thinnest.
I bought a cheapy PTG off the 'Bay years back and found it useful, although it doesn't differentiate between different strata on the bodywork.
Just to throw a spanner in the works, a rotary machine will do the job quicker. I’ve used a Makita for 10 years, through 2 sets of motor brushes and I never found a DA machine that comes anywhere close for achieving a show finish in a reasonable time.
The key is technique and consumables. Good pads and quality polishes such as Menzerna, 3M etc.
Paint type is largely irrelevant but knowing the relative hardness of them is. For example, cellulose is regarded as being soft. But compared to paint on Japanese cars of late it’s positively hard. 2k acrylic is regarded as being hard but again, some of the modern 2k blacks are like swiss cheese and can be marred with a microfibre cloth. The only way to tell is to try it using a soft pad and very fine polishing compound. Check the results and go from there.
The Makita is an expensive machine but there are now some copies which are less than a ton and I would buy one of those if I needed to replace mine. I wouldn’t buy a dual action machine due to the time they take to achieve the same finish.
Undoubtedly, but in the hands of someone inexperienced at this malarky it has the potential to burn through - not a good thing.
Honestly, I have never burnt through any paint finish in all the years I’ve been doing this, pretty much since most people were importing the Porter Cable from the USA. You do really have to behave like a hooligan to do damage. Even in inexperienced hands they re fine as long as common sense prevails.
A rare coin in some parts.
^ True enough.
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